The Mirae Tower rises over Mirae Scientists’ Street in North Korea’s capital. The area, a residential district for scientists, engineers and researchers, was inaugurated in November 2015.
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North Korean architecture

The Mirae Tower rises over Mirae Scientists’ Street in North Korea’s capital. The area, a residential district for scientists, engineers and researchers, was inaugurated in November 2015.
The Mirae Tower rises over Mirae Scientists’ Street in North Korea’s capital. The area, a residential district for scientists, engineers and researchers, was inaugurated in November 2015.  (Franck Robichon / European Pressphoto Agency )
Pyongyang, North Korea

Dusk settles over Pyongyang, North Korea, as the 105-story pyramid-shaped Ryugyong Hotel towers over residential apartments. The landmark has been under construction since 1987 and was intended to be a symbol of progress and prosperity.

 (Wong Maye-E / Associated Press)
Pyongyang, North Korea

The unfinished Ryugyong Hotel, with party flags in front of it, in Pyongyang, North Korea.

 (Julie Makinen / Los Angeles Times)
Mirae Scientists’ Street in Pyongyang, North Korea

A view of Mirae Scientists’ Street in Pyongyang, North Korea.

 (Franck Robichon / European Pressphoto Agency )
Mirae Scientists’ Street in Pyongyang, North Korea

Some of the skyscrapers at Mirae Scientists’ Street in Pyongyang.

 (Franck Robichon / European Pressphoto Agency )
North Korea library

The Grand People’s Study House punctuates the Pyongyang landscape. The building is a library and study hall.

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Sci-Tech Complex in Pyongyang, North Korea

Children use computers placed around an Unha-3 rocket at the Sci-Tech Complex in Pyongyang, North Korea. The complex was inaugurated in 2016.

 

 (Franck Robichon / European Pressphoto Agency )
Sci-Tech Complex in Pyongyang, North Korea

The Sci-Tech Complex in Pyongyang, North Korea, reportedly took a year to complete.

 (Franck Robichon / European Pressphoto Agency )
North Korea ski resort

The hotel at the Masik Pass Ski Resort is nestled amid the hills in Wonsan, North Korea. The resort boasts the amenities of a First World ski destination -- a luxury hotel,  upscale restaurants and a well-equipped, professionally staffed ski rental shop.

 

 (Wong Maye-E / Associated Press)
Pyongyang, North Korea

Pyongyang’s 150,000-seat May Day Stadium, built in 1989 and said to be the world’s largest, is visible in the distance. At right is the Juche Tower, built in 1982, topped with a red flame.

 (Julie Makinen / Los Angeles Times)
Pyongyang, North Korea

North Koreans gather for a rehearsal at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang as part of preparations for a major ruling-party congress.

 (Franck Robichon / European Pressphoto Agency )
North Korea congress

The April 25 House of Culture is decked out in the colors and flags of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party.

 (Wong Maye-E / Associated Press)
Pyongyang, North Korea

North Koreans gather at a monument honoring the Workers Party founding.

 (Wong Maye-E / Associated Press)
Pyongyang, North Korea

The Arch of Triumph in Pyongyang, built in 1982, stands 60 meters high -- intentionally surpassing the Arc du Triomphe in Paris. It marks Korea’s struggle against Japanese colonization.

 (Julie Makinen / Los Angeles Times)
Pyongyang, North Korea

The Arch of Triumph in Pyonyang.

 (Julie Makinen / Los Angeles Times)
Pyongyang, North Korea

A propaganda billboard in the capital features futuristic buildings in Pyongyang, North Korea.

 (Julie Makinen / Los Angeles Times)
Juche Tower in North Korea

Juche Tower, a monument to North Korea’s ideology of self-reliance, is illuminated during a fireworks display marking the birthday of North Korea’s late founder, Kim Il Sung. 

 

 (Franck Robichon / European Pressphoto Agency )
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